We have been making scotchas for at least four generations now. A family favorite! A scotcha is a rolled, stuffed pizza, with all kinds of ingredients inside. This Italian Sausage and Ricotta Scotcha is one of many varieties we make. I love making this with spicy Italian sausage but you can use mild. Here is my pizza dough recipe that I used.
The smell of these scotchas baking brings me back to wonderful holidays and special occasions when I was growing up- both at home and at my grandma’s house.
Italian Sausage & Ricotta Scotcha
We have been making Scotchas for at least four generations now. A family favorite! A scotcha is a rolled, stuffed pizza, with all kinds of ingredients inside. This Italian Sausage and Ricotta Scotcha is one of many varieties we make.
Make one batch of pizza dough. There is a link to my pizza dough recipe in the Notes below. Leave the dough to raise for 1-2 hours.
Preheat oven to 375F. Place the raised dough on a greased surface.
Roll out the dough fairly thin.
Spread about 3/4 of the ricotta cheese onto the dough.
Top with about 3/4 of the sausage, broken apart into small pieces.
Top with about 3/4 of the parmesan cheese. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and garlic powder.
Add about 3/4 of the sliced mozzarella cheese.
Fold each edge over so that they meet in the middle.
On one side of the scotcha, layer the ricotta, sausage, parmesan, mozzarella, salt, pepper and garlic powder, the same as above.
Gently fold the halves together. Seal the dough on each end.
Grease a baking pan. Very gently lift the scotcha up and place it into a horseshoe shape on the pan. When you lift it up, it will stretch out a little which will make it longer and a little thinner. Once it's on the pan, press it down a little and brush the top with the olive oil.
Bake for around 45-55 minutes. Remove from the oven and let it sit in the pan for about 10 minutes before serving.